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GlaxoSmithKline Receives FDA Approval for BOOSTRIX® to Help Prevent Whooping Cough in Adults 65 Years and Older
Date:7/8/2011

as 3.3 million adolescents and adults in the U.S. each year.

About Whooping Cough (Pertussis)  

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by severe coughing fits.  Whooping cough starts off like the common cold and can turn into a persistent cough over time.

About BOOSTRIX

BOOSTRIX is now approved for use as a single dose for active booster immunization against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) in individuals 10 years of age and older.  In the U.S., BOOSTRIX was first approved for individuals aged 10-18 in May 2005.  In December 2008, the vaccine was approved for use in adults 19-64 in the U.S.  Since May 2005, more than 20 million doses of BOOSTRIX have been distributed in the U.S. to help protect adolescents and adults from whooping cough, as well as tetanus and diphtheria.

Important Safety Information for BOOSTRIX

  • In clinical studies, common adverse events were injection-site reactions (pain, redness, swelling, and increase in arm circumference), headache, fatigue, and gastrointestinal symptoms
  • Severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of any tetanus toxoid-, diphtheria toxoid-, or pertussis antigen-containing vaccine, or to any component of BOOSTRIX, or encephalopathy within 7 days of a previous pertussis antigen-containing vaccine is a contraindication
  • BOOSTRIX is available in vials and 2 types of prefilled syringes. One type of prefilled syringe has a tip cap which may contain natural rubber latex and a plunger which does not contain latex. The other type has a tip cap and a rubber plunger which contain dry natural latex rubber. Use of these syringes may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals. The vial stopper does not contain latex
  • The decision to give BOOSTRIX should be based on benefits and risks if Guillain-Barre syn
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